Hat Block for a cap - side view

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Date:1900 - 1975 (c.)

Description:This wooden hat block was used to shape felt caps during the manufacturing process. Different shaped blocks would be used for different styles of hat. They were sometimes made in several different pieces so that they could be more easily removed from the newly shaped hat.

Atherstone, in north Warwickshire, was a centre for felt hat making from the 17th century. At first it was a cottage industry, giving employment to whole familes, but factory production developed in the 19th century.

Early, mid 20th century

240mm x 187mm high


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Source: Warwickshire County Museums

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